A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a
cage and in the middle, a ladder with bananas
on the top.
Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the
scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with
After a while, every time a monkey went up
the ladder, the others beat up the one on the
After some time, no monkey dare to go up
the ladder regardless of the temptation.
Scientists then decided to substitute one of the
monkeys. The 1st thing this new monkey did was to
go up the ladder. Immediately the other monkeys
beat him up.
After several beatings,
the new member learned
not to climb the ladder
even though never knew
A 2nd monkey was substituted and the same occurred.
The 1st monkey participated on the beating for the 2nd
monkey. A 3rd monkey was changed and the same was
repeated (beating). The 4th was substituted and the
beating was repeated and finally the 5th monkey was
What was left was a group of 5 monkeys that
even though never received a cold shower,
continued to beat up any monkey who
attempted to climb the ladder.
If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they would beat up
all those who attempted to go up the ladder…..
I bet you the answer would be….
“I don’t know – that’s how things are done around
Does it sounds familiar?
Don’t miss the opportunity to share this with
others as they might be asking themselves
why we continue to do what we are doing if
there is a different way out there.
"Only two things are infinite:
The universe and human stupidity.
And I am not so sure about the